By Kenya's Robert Cheruiyot, a new Boston Marathon course record. Cheruiyot(above) crossed the finish line in 2:07:14, one second faster than hiscountryman Cosmas Ndeti ran the race in 1994. Kenyans dominated the afternoon.Benjamin Maiyo finished second, and Rita Jeptoo won the women's race. But theU.S. had a strong showing as well: Meb Keflezighi, Brian Sell and AlanCulpepper came in third, fourth and fifth. The Yanks kept Cheruiyot and Maiyoin sight for the first 20 1/2 miles but began to fade at the aptly namedHeartbreak Hill. The Kenyans pulled away on the hilliest part of the course;then Cheruiyot separated himself from his compatriot. "I thought maybe Iwas going to slow down, but I was very strong," said Cheruiyot.
By Yankee Stadium public address announcer Bob Sheppard, his first Yankees homeopener in 56 years. Sheppard, who debuted at the Stadium on April 17, 1951,missed the opener because of a hip injury but expects to be healthy enough toannounce when the Yankees return home to play the Orioles on April 21. (Herefuses to give his age, but it is believed to be 95.) "If he everretires," said Yankees captain Derek Jeter, "I would like to have hisrecorded voice so every time I come up, they [can] play it."
By officials in San Antonio, a May 15 deadline for the Florida Marlins tocommit to relocating to their city. Nelson Wolff, a Bexar County judge who isthe point man in discussions with the team, told the San Antonio Express-Newson Monday that he was faxing a letter to the team telling them, "We need tofish or cut bait by May 15." Wolff said he needs an answer soon becausehe's facing a deadline for getting a proposed tax measure to fund a new stadiumon the ballot.
As the prosecutor in the aggravated-assault case against Redskins safety SeanTaylor, Florida assistant state attorney Mike Grieco. Lawyers for Taylor, whois accused of waving a gun at several people during an argument in Miami lastJune, complained that Grieco was using the case to promote his side business asa deejay in Miami Beach clubs. Grieco, who has permission to moonlight, addedlinks to articles about the case to a website that promotes his deejay work.Said Richard Sharpstein, one of Taylor's lawyers, "He's exploiting his jobas a prosecutor for private gain." Grieco recused himself; Taylor's trial,which was to begin on Monday, was delayed until May 8.
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After 18 years on the WTA tour, former Wimbledon champion Conchita Martinez(above), because of a heel injury. Martinez, 34, won 33 singles titles andthree Olympic medals for Spain and was ranked in the world top 15 from 1989 to2000. She won her lone Grand Slam championship in 1994, when she defeatedMartina Navratilova in the Wimbledon final.
From the Trail Blazers' road trip last week, forward Darius Miles. Afterwatching the first half of Portland's April 12 loss to the Clippers from thebench, Miles figured he wasn't going to play, changed out of his uniform athalftime and returned to the sideline in street clothes for the second half."That's not what basketball players do," coach Nate McMillan said."We just won't allow that." The Blazers sent Miles home for the rest ofthe trip but allowed him to suit up against the Warriors at home last Saturday.He scored eight points in an 86-81 loss.
In connection with allegations that an exotic dancer was sexually assaulted ata Duke lacrosse party, two team members, according to a defense attorney.Robert Ekstrand, who represents several players, revealed the indictments(which were sealed) on Monday but did not name the players or specify thecharges. DNA tests on 46 players who gave samples failed to yield a match, butDurham district attorney Mike Nifong (right) has said he still believes anassault took place at the March 13 party. "Today, two young men have beencharged with crimes they did not commit," Ekstrand said in a statement. Theplayers' identities can be kept secret until they are arrested or appear incourt.
By the National Federation of State High School Associations football rulescommittee, the fumblerooski. The trick play--the ball is laid on the groundafter the snap so an offensive lineman can pick it up and run--was outlawed bythe NCAA in 1993. The ban "eliminates confusion in a ball game," saysJerry Diehl, assistant director of the NFHS.
At age 65 of injuries suffered in a fall at his Memphis home, disgraced Alabamabooster Logan Young. Police launched a homicide investigation when Young, whowas convicted last year of federal money laundering and conspiracy charges forpaying a Memphis high school coach to send a football recruit to Alabama, wasfound dead on April 11. The volume of blood splattered in his home suggestedthat he had been the victim of foul play. But authorities now say Young gashedhis head on an iron stair post and staggered through the house beforecollapsing. Young had been sentenced to six months in prison and was free onappeal.
At age 77 after a long illness, Poker Hall of Famer Walter Clyde (Puggy)Pearson. Even by the standards of professional poker, Pearson was a character;in the 1970s and '80s he often showed up for tournaments dressed as a cowboy,an American Indian or a Viking. But he was also an influential figure. Pearsonwas a fixture at the World Series of Poker since its inception in 1970 (he wonit in '73, pocketing $130,000), and he created the freeze-out tournament, inwhich players start out with the same number of chips and play until someoneaccumulates them all. It's now the standard format at all major events.
At this year's Kentucky Derby, a cocktail that costs as much as your first car.Churchill Downs will sell $1,000 mint juleps at the May 6 race. What makes adrink worth a grand? How about Woodford Reserve bourbon, mint from Morocco, icefrom the Arctic and sugar from the Island of Mauritius in the SouthPacific--plus it comes in a 24-karat gold-plated cup you can keep. Proceedsfrom the juleps will go to Green Pastures, a charity that finds homes forretired thoroughbreds.
NHL rookies--Teemu Selanne in 1992-93 and Washington's Alexander Ovechkin thisseason--to have at least 50 goals and 50 assists.
Years since the Blues last failed to make the Stanley Cup playoffs; their25-year postseason streak, which was snapped this year, was the longest activerun in the four major U.S. pro leagues.
Pitches it took Oakland's Eric Chavez, Frank Thomas and Milton Bradley to hitconsecutive homers against the Rangers last Saturday--the first time since theCubs in 2001 that a team homered on three straight pitches.
Operating profit of the Georgia athletic department, the largest of any publiccollege program in 2005.